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- 1 Thanks for taking the time to talk to me Sean, before we get started could you just describe the car for me?
- 2 It’s definitely got attitude that’s for sure. Where did you get the idea to build this insane ratrod? And how did you go about setting the wheels in motion?
- 3 That’s awesome. It’s amazing how you can just create a concept like that and then be able to build it. What would you say is your favorite feature?
- 4 You must be really proud of what you’ve achieved. How long did the project take?
- 5 Wow, that’s a lot of dedication. Did you encounter any particular difficulties? Were there any setbacks?
- 6 You’ve mentioned the new technology in the car, but I’m interested in the engine. What did you choose for the car? And did you end up modifying it?
- 7 Now that you’ve built this insane ratrod, what do you intend to do with it?
- 8 I know you said you made it yourself, but is there anyone you would want to thank?
- 9 Related
On my mission to provide awesome posts, I’ve met some extraordinary people. Today I’m going to be interviewing the very talented Sean Puz about his insane ratrod. So Sean is a specialty metal designer and fabricator and some of his work is amazing. His website has got everything you need to see his work, plus there’s a Facebook page too.
Let’s take a look at Sean’s little hobby…
How insane is that? Hands down this is the best ratrod I’ve ever seen. Before I go any further, please do visit Sean’s Instagram – he has some pretty awesome pictures of the ratrod being built, including a cheeky video. But if you’re not an Instagrammer, don’t worry Sean’s also on Pinterest and Facebook too. Showing his insane ratrod off to the world.
I wasn’t content with just some pictures, so I sat down with Sean and got a behind the scenes insight into building his very own custom ratrod.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to me Sean, before we get started could you just describe the car for me?
So I consider it to be a ratrod. I originally wanted it to look like a tractor trailer truck but with a bad attitude.
It’s definitely got attitude that’s for sure. Where did you get the idea to build this insane ratrod? And how did you go about setting the wheels in motion?
This is actually the second ratrod I’ve built. I love the first one but I couldn’t make it as low and get it to function the way this one does so I decided to build one from the ground up, plus I already had an engine lying around so that was a good starting point. I decided that I’d build a truck for the engine and that’s how it goes for me. I sketched out the concept and then reality takes over.
That’s awesome. It’s amazing how you can just create a concept like that and then be able to build it. What would you say is your favorite feature?
I feel very blessed that I have the skills to build what I dream of and this is just one – but a very good one – example. The finished project is exactly the way I wanted it to be so it’s hard for me to pick just one feature, but if I really had to, I would say it’s the entire vehicle. It’s all hand-made and my own design so it doesn’t really get any better than that.
You must be really proud of what you’ve achieved. How long did the project take?
This one took a year and a half. I did it in and around running the shop and in any spare time I could get.
Wow, that’s a lot of dedication. Did you encounter any particular difficulties? Were there any setbacks?
Oh yes. I had plenty of difficulties. It’s kinda hard building a vehicle from nothing, you don’t have anything to work with and you literally have to think of everything but the benefits of that is you get to make your own rules and put things where you want, it’s a lot more flexible.
The biggest challenge was trying to hide the new technology. I didn’t want to ruin the overall look so this quite tricky, especially when it came to the air ride.
Setbacks? Tons. You have to keep joking about one step forward and three steps back because it happens a lot. And I felt like this was more of the case for me because I try to do things a little differently and they don’t always work out.
You’ve mentioned the new technology in the car, but I’m interested in the engine. What did you choose for the car? And did you end up modifying it?
The engine is a 454 Chevy Big Block, and they call these rat engines so it was a perfect fit. A diesel would have been better but this engine is simple, it looks good and it’s big so it’s perfect.
The engine came from a donor truck and has been totally redone. I was planning on building it myself but I know someone who builds them professionally, so that made more sense and freed up a little of my time too.
It’s a pretty powerful engine with all aluminum top end, hydraulic roller cam, forged 11:1 Pistons steel crank and Manley connecting rods. It has 600 hp and 650 foot pounds of torque which means it has no trouble smoking all 4 tires off in a burnout.
Now that you’ve built this insane ratrod, what do you intend to do with it?
The most important thing right now is that it’s finished. It will be refined over time with whatever details I want to improve but ultimately I want to drive it! It’s such a pleasure driving it on the road and parking at cruises, people just can’t seem to get enough pictures and that makes it all worth the effort.
I know you said you made it yourself, but is there anyone you would want to thank?
My wife and daughter – mainly for their help and mostly for their support.
Toolco Inc really worked hard with me to have my frame laser cut. There was a ton of work on their part and I couldn’t have really done it without them.
Dunk Competition Engines supplied me with the monster engine
Thanks again Sean. It’s been great to get to know you and your ratrod. And how incredible are these pictures? If you have your own questions for Sean, post them in the comments section below. But don’t worry – we’ve got another one of Sean’s cars coming up real soon!